The Rude Pundit rips Kentucky’s Democrat for Senate

I just had to see if anything was pissing of the Rude Pundit recently (the language, as usual is NSFW):

Look, you can cavil all you want about Kentucky Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes’s refusal to answer whether or not she voted for Barack Obama. You can sit there all self-satisfied and pat yourself on the fuckin’ back that you support the sanctity of the secret ballot and that, really, it’s not all that important that she answer. You can pretend all you want that Grimes is correct to stand on principle or that, if she said that she voted for Obama, it would be used in attack ads endlessly by that unrepentant, smug cuntface, Mitch McConnell. You know that it’s far, far more important that McConnell refuses to say if he thinks climate change is human-caused or that Kynect, Kentucky’s Obamacare exchange, would be harmed if you got rid of Obamacare, something the governor of Kentucky ripped McConnell for. That’s shit that affects the daily lives of Kentuckians, not what Grimes did in a voting booth.
But you know in your heart of hearts that what you’re really thinking is “Oh, fuck, Grimes, just fucking answer the motherfucking question.” Because, see, you know what else makes a good ad? Grimes hemming and hawing about her vote, looking like she just got caught drinking milk out of the gallon jug. And you know that that’s what’s gonna get the headline after a debate because the media isn’t allowed to say that climate change is real and that you’re a goddamn moron or a lying sack of shit if you say otherwise.
Nice to know I’m not the only one waiting for this Democrat to act like a Democrat.
By the way, the headline on this Rude Pundit piece is:

The exception is Wendy Davis in Texas, who’s being criticized for fighting back. But Wendy is right, and Alison is wrong. At least Wendy acts like a Democrat should act.

Equivalence in Kentucky: Healthcare and votes

Mitch McConnell did this during the recent debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes:

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Monday he wouldn’t mind if the state healthcare insurance exchange known as Kentucky Kynect stayed but reiterated his call for the full repeal of ObamaCare.
Policy experts have questioned the feasibility of preserving the popular state exchange while also repealing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which set it up and similar exchanges around the country.

“Kentucky Kynect is a website. It was paid for by a two-hundred-and-some-odd-million-dollar grant from the federal government. The website can continue but in my view the best interests of the country would be achieved by pulling out ObamaCare root and branch,” McConnell said in a debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate for Senate.

Now Mitch knows that Kynect and Obamacare are the same thing. And he knows that if you repeal Obamacare, you repeal Kynect.

He also knows that Kynect is popular in the Bluegrass State, which is why he says keep the Web site.

Which is meaningless.

Mitch thinks Kentucky voters are idiots. Unfortunately, some are:

Greg Sargent gets a great nugget from Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who “recently conducted a statewide poll in Kentucky for an unnamed client and found that Kynect polls very positively, in contrast to Obamacare, which is underwater.”

Kynect is the Kentucky version of the Affordable Care Act exchange. To the extent the polling is correct, these results are another example of people loving the ACA but hating Obamacare.

Which just isn’t very surprising. People still don’t really know what “Obamacare” is. Why should they? There’s nothing labeled “Obamacare” that anyone has to deal with; almost nothing labeled “Affordable Care Act;” and there aren’t even all that many noticeable parts of the new system. Of course, Kynect is one of those new things, but there’s no reason for anyone in Kentucky to know that it has anything to do with the national law.

Alison should have been able to kick his ass on this subject. But she’s too busy not saying whether she voted for Obama. So her mealy mouthed stance on her vote is being treated as the equivalent of Mitch taking healthcare away from people who were never able to afford it before.

Oh, and when Alison was asked about Obamacare in May, here’s what happened:

Alison Lundergan Grimes made big news the other day by refusing to say whether she would have voted for the Affordable Care Act. She did say: “I am not and will not be for taking away insurance that 400,000 Kentuckians just recently got access to.” But Grimes’ position remains careful. She subsequently followed up by clarifying that the law would look “different” if she’d been in the Senate.

And that’s why Alison is screwing up this election.

Act like a Democrat, already!


Alison: Your aim is not true

So, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Democrat running for Republican Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat, got hit with this ad for refusing to say if she voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012:

Alison, it’s a simple yes or no. If you did, you piss off Republicans who aren’t going to vote for you anyway. If you didn’t, then Democrats should be pissed off because that means you thought Sarah Palin was qualified to be president if the old guy died, or you had no issues with Mitt Romney saying 47 percent of your state consisted of moochers who suck on the federal teat: You know, Republicans on Social Security who attend Sarah Palin rallies tugging oxygen tanks and riding wheelchairs they got from Medicare:

Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn’t a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — “Government’s not the solution! Government’s the problem!” — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains.

“The scooters are because of Medicare,” he whispers helpfully. “They have these commercials down here: ‘You won’t even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!’ Practically everyone in Kentucky has one.”

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can’t imagine it.

And for some reason, Grimes thinks running this ad in Kentucky is a good idea:

Look, there are a lot of immigrants in the Bluegrass State who want to support a Democrat because they know the GOP wants to send them south of the border, and that doesn’t mean to Tennessee. So go ahead and write off those votes so you can appeal to the previously mentioned Republicans who aren’t going to vote for you anyway.

Maybe the Grimes campaign is in the midst of some super genius strategy where it is convinced the voters of Kentucky are a bunch of barefoot, one-toothed hicks in bib overalls and straw hats who are easy to outsmart on Election Day. Maybe this is the path to a landslide victory for the Democrat.

I doubt it.

But, Alison, you have to know you are really pissing off registered Kentucky Democrats who were fired up about the possibility of getting rid of Mitch. Instead, you’re pandering to the cowards who say they’re “Independents,” the 2014 political designation for humiliated Republicans who don’t want people to know they voted twice for George W. Bush (the dumber).

As I’ve said before: If you’re going to run on a Republican platform, you should have challenged Mitch in the primary.

You might think a Democrat running as a conservative is a good idea. But the only Blue Dog in Kentucky that a rational person needs is the bakery and cafe on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville.

We don’t need a Blue Dog Democrat in the Senate who’s going to undermine everything progressives are trying to achieve. If you’ve paid any attention, you know that most Blue Dog Democrats have been voted out of office in recent elections. There used to be conservative Democrats in Kentucky’s congressional delegation in Washington. Do you want me to count how many there are today?


Wait a minute, let me do a recount.

Yep. Zero.

Time to appeal to your base. Start acting like a Democrat.

Election Day, a month early

earlyvoting720Since I’m not going to be in the state I’m registered to vote in on Election Day (the first Tuesday in November), I went to the local county offices yesterday and filled out an early ballot.

Early voting is allowed in Kentucky beginning in late September and goes through Election Day if you provide clerks your identification and tell them where you’re going to be on Election Day.

The Kentucky ballot was pretty long, a couple of inches longer than the size of a legal sheet of paper with candidates to select on both sides. The first side consisted of the major elections, most of which had party affiliations, while the reverse side was made up of a non-partisan slate of candidates, mostly for judicial appointments.

On the side with the partisan races, there’s a slot that allows you to just vote a straight party line, so you don’t have to go through the dozens of names and select each candidates. But I was feeling surly and was driven to go to each name and mark my choice, a visceral response because each time it was an affirmation where I could say; “I have a choice, and I’m specifically voting against you because you stand for a venal, racist, sexist, murderous, greedy, fear-mongering bunch of bastards.”

So I ended up voting the party line.

The non-partisan side of the ballot was more difficult. Personally, I believe that if you’re running for office, you are partisan, so you should list your party affiliation so I know whether to vote for you or not. So, I’m guessing that somewhere along the way, I cast a vote for a venal, racist, sexist, murderous, greedy, fear-mongering bastard.

Or something like that.

Anyway, people who say they don’t vote because “politicians are all the same” or “it doesn’t make any difference” are worse than the people I voted against. It does matter. Decades ago, people were deprived of the right to vote because of their color. A century ago, women were deprived of the right to vote because of their gender. When this country was founded, people were deprived of the right to vote because they didn’t own property. Anyone who advocates the concept of constitutional originalism is specifically longs for a system that deprived a vast majority of the population of their voice in the governing of their country. Or putting it another way, they promote a government that is controlled by old, rich white guys.

So get out there and vote. If you’re not going to be in the place you’re registered to vote in on Election Day, get out their and vote early. If you don’t know where to go for an early vote, click here and find your state.

Republican outreach: Offensive as usual

This is happening in Wisconsin: